Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: Flight Patterns by Karen White

Title: Flight Patterns 
Author: Karen White 
Publisher: NAL 
Source: Publisher 
Published: May 24th, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit...

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. 

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep... 

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"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams." 
– Henry David Thoreau

This was my first book by Karen White, and I was immediately impressed with her stunning writing and expert storytelling. She drew me in with the prologue alone, which takes place in Provence, France, in the year 1943. I was absolutely moved by just those few pages, and I knew this would be a special book. From there, we move to 2015, where we meet Georgia Chambers, an expert of fine china whose work forces her to return to a place she vowed she never would... home.

There’s just so much I enjoyed about this book – the quotes that begin each chapter, learning about china patterns and the branches of Limoges, the colorful characters, and especially Georgia herself.

Combining past and present and told from three different perspectives, Flight Patterns is a beautiful, moving story filled with secrets, mystery, family, and forgiveness. An absolutely wonderful read that I recommend to lovers of women’s fiction. This may have been my first book by the author, but I can hardly wait to read her other works. 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others." 
– Saint John Chrysostom 

A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for my honest review. 
  
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7 comments:

  1. I love it when one books covers multiple time periods that somehow intertwine. I've never heard of this one but I am glad you loved it so much. Wonderful review!

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  2. This is something I would enjoy! Love your review :)

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  3. Karen White is one of my mom's favorite writers. I haven't read anything by her yet- but this sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Aww it does look wonderfully told. I think masters at storytelling are rare, so I can't wait to check out this author! :)

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  5. Sounds wonderfully crafted!

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  6. I am so glad that you enjoyed this book! I have read all of Karen White's books and this is on my list. Thanks for sharing:)

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  7. This sounds like it was a moving book and the way it is told is quite amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    HUGS!

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